Safety standards – covid19

1. Reception

Access to our facilities is limited to diving customers; family or friends are not allowed to accompany the divers in order to reduce the groups.

Do not enter diving center facilities if you have any of the following symptoms, which may be related to COVID-19 infection:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Tiredness or muscle pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Lung infections
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste
  • Diarrhoea

If you have traveled in the past two weeks and have been in contact with people affected or potentially affected by COVID-19, contact the health authorities or your doctor before going to the dive center.

To avoid overcrowding inside the dive center, keep a distance of one meter from each other at the access and inside.

Entry can be limited to a limited number of people.

2. Reservations

It is advisable to fill out the registration form beforehand, which you can complete online.

It is essential to bring your certification, your diving insurance and your medical certificate. In case you do not have a medical certificate, we ask you to complete these two medical questionnaires.

3. Physical distancing

We ask to respect the safety distance at least one meter from each other, in all the premises of our Center, including classrooms and changing rooms.

4. Changing rooms

Changing rooms may be among the areas most subject to risk of infection. All customers’ personal items, including clothing, towels and bathrobes should be stored in a way that avoids contact with common surfaces.

We advise you to store your articles in special containers (bags, boxes, cases, etc.), placed on the ground or on benches and well spaced from each other.

However, we provide you with bins in which you can store your personal belongings.

These containers will be disinfected by us after each use.

5. Personal hygiene

The new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is a respiratory virus that spreads mainly through contact with droplets of infected people, for example when they sneeze, cough or blow their nose.

Correct personal hygiene measures include:

Wash hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds.

Keep physical distancing, avoid direct contact with other people.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

Practice respiratory hygiene. This includes covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.

To this end, we will provide hand sanitizers and appropriate facilities to wash your hands as recommended.

6. Protective masks

In accordance with WHO recommendations, we request the use of masks in all our facilities, including boats.

We offer masks for sale, for users who will not have them.

7. Equipment

As usual in our Center, we provide the rental equipment already assembled and we take care of rinsing and disinfection.

Customers who use their own equipment will be responsible for mounting and cleaning their equipment. To rinse, we provide you with a fresh water hose.

8. Boats

Dive boat operations should be handled with extreme care:

Here are some general recommendations:

Ensure that physical distancing (see point #1 above) is respected also when on board.

Avoid taking any unnecessary material on board that is not needed for safety reasons or underwater operations.

Load the equipment on board when it’s already assembled.

Staff handling materials and equipment should wear gloves and a protective mask.

Ensure that masks, snorkels and second stages of preassembled equipment are protected, e.g. protecting them with bags to be removed only before use.

We recommend the use of special products to avoid fogging in the mask and rinse it in seawater directly.

Even when distancing rules are respected, while the boat is moving and due to the effect of the wind, droplets may travel a longer distance.

It is therefore advisable that all passengers wear a protective mask. Remind them not to touch other people’s equipment.

We will have hand sanitizer on board.

Maintaining distance rules is also respected when divers enter and exit the water.

9. How can buddy checks and gas sharing be managed safely?

Distancing rules should be respected also in relation to the
following operations:

Buddy Checks:

Divers should be reminded to avoid touching other divers’ equipment, especially those parts that come into close contact with the diver’s face and mouth. A visual buddy check should be carried out, with self-demonstration and verbal confirmation.

Gas sharing:

Both in case of emergency and when performing drills, it is recommended to use an alternative gas source and avoid donating the regulator from which the diver is breathing.

10. Water

We will have small bottles of water for sale. We advise you to bring your own bottles of water.

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